Rival Sides Claim Grand Show As Party Symbols Not Used In UP Rural Polls
As counting of votes polled in the panchayat polls progressed across Uttar Pradesh, political parties Tuesday claimed sterling performances, apparently taking advantage of the fact that these elections were not contested on party symbols.
A senior State Election Commission (SEC) official said Tuesday evening that counting of votes was likely to continue late into the night.
He, however, could not specify on how many seats counting was underway.
The counting of votes began Sunday morning at more than 825 centres across the 75 districts of Uttar Pradesh.
Over 8.69 lakh posts were up for grabs in these polls. Of these posts, more than 7.32 lakh seats were in the gram panchayat wards, 58,176 in the gram panchayats, 75,852 in the kshetra (block) panchayats and 3,050 in the zila panchayats.
The BJP has claimed 918 party candidates have been elected for zila panchayats while over 500 are leading.
In a statement issued here, Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Swatantra Deo Singh claimed on Monday that in the three-tier panchayat election in the state, over 45,000 party-supported candidates have won the post of village pradhan, while more than 60,000 party-supported candidates have emerged victorious as members of kshetra panchayats.